The CBE Seminar Series is organized to bring in experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise. Each semester a group of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2018-2019 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Spring 2019 Schedule

  • Time: 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Montana State University, Roberts Hall 301  Map it
  • *Denotes different day, time, or location





Feb 7

Dr. Sreekala Bajwa

 Vice President, Agriculture, MSU Value addition to agriculture through bio-based products

Feb 14

Dr. Garth James

Assoc. Research Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU; PI, Medical Biofilms Laboratory, CBE Influence of breast implant textures on bacterial attachment and biofilm formation

Feb 21

Anna Zelaya

PhD Student, Microbiology & Immunology, MSU, CBE

Microbial community assembly processes in an uncontaminated subsurface aquifer

Feb 28

No seminar - 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Mar 1*

at 2:00 p.m.

Barnh 323

Dr. Mark Lund

Associate Professor, Environnmental Management, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia

Using microbial assemblages as part of an environmental assessment of a mine pit lake closure using a river flow-through

Mar 5*

at 12:00 p.m.

Barnh 323

Dr. Jennifer Macalady

Professor, Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Frasassi dark and deep: A biofilm factory in the terrestrial subsurface

Mar 7

Dr. Kara De Leon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Missouri, Colombia, MO

Genetic requirements for Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough biofilm formation in bioreactors and the rat colon

Mar 14

Dr. Chelsea Heveran

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, MSU

Bone-inspired design of tough infrastructure materials

Mar 21

No Seminar - Spring Break

Mar 28

Stephanie Dodson

PhD Student, Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, RI Geometry dependent instabilities of waves in excitable media

Apr 4

Dr. Roland Hatzenpichler Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSU, CBE A new Confocal Raman microscope with cell-sorting ability at MSU: What to do with it and how to get seed funding for using it

Apr 11

CBE Undergraduate Research Day

Cati Carmody, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE


Whitney Kieffer, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE


Nick Avila, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Chickensplash! Exploring the health concerns of washing raw chicken


Bacterially influenced leaching of metals from mine tailings


A model to quantify the enhanced mass transfer of CO2 into high alkalinity algae culture medium

Apr 18

No Seminar


Apr 25

No Seminar- Last Week of Classes